10 Hilarious Sitcoms To Stream Immediately

March 21, 2020 in Entertainment
Hilarious Sitcoms to Stream in the UK

Looking for some stress relief? Well, fear not because I’ve got you covered with this little guide to some of the funniest TV shows that you can stream right now in the UK! I’ll be talking about 10 of my favourite sitcoms that will make you giggle ’til your sides are sore.

Credit where it’s due, this post was inspired by two separate events. First of all, to Lauren from Laureny Loves for sharing her best TV shows to watch when you’re not feeling well. And secondly to the iconic episode of The Office (US) aptly named “Stress Relief.” Between the two, I knew I wanted to curate my own list that will (hopefully) entertain you and lighten the load of this chaos we’re all living in right now so here it goes!

FRIENDS

Available on: Netflix

The obvious place to start this list is in New York in the 90’s and early 2000’s. Over two decades later, Friends is still one of the funniest TV shows out there. If you’re a fan, you’ve probably watched the series dozens, if not hundreds of times, by now. (We sure have!) And honestly, it’s refreshing to be able to return to a show so many times and still find it funny.

In fact, it’s like hanging out with… you guessed it, friends. It doesn’t matter how long it’s been since you last spent time together, it always feels like coming home.

 
Best Episodes: The One with Ross’s Sandwich (S5 E9) + The One Where Ross Got High (S6 E9)

 

Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Available on: Netflix

Flash forward a few decades and cross the East River and boom, you’ll find yourself in the very capable hands of the police precinct, Brooklyn Nine-Nine. With a diverse group of hilarious officers who will all leave a mark on your heart, this feel good cop show is not one to miss.


Best Episodes: Coral Palms: Parts 1, 2 + 3 (S4 E1-3)

 

Friday Night Dinner

Available on: Netflix + all4

It’s Friday night and you’ve been invited to the Goodman’s for dinner. What could possibly go wrong? Well… er, everything! 

This is the first British comedy series on this list and it’s as addictive as it is hilarious. But word of warning: it can be controversial and cringey! This isn’t one for the kids so maybe wait until they’ve gone to bed unless you want them shouting expletives for the rest of their life.


Best Episodes: The Dress (S1 E4)  + The Fox (S3 E2)

 

The IT Crowd

Available on: Netflix + all4

So this sitcom follows the two members of the IT department, Moss and Roy, and their not at all technically inclined boss, Jen. There’s always something going wrong and the results are usually hilarious. Can be incredibly offensive at times but if you can look past that, it’s a real joy to watch.

 
Best Episodes: Smoke and Mirrors (S2 E5) + Italian For Beginners (S4 E4)

 

Outnumbered

Available on: Netflix + BBC iPlayer

One of my absolute faves, this British family sitcom is hilarious from start to finish. What I love most about Outnumbered is that it perfectly captures the reality of raising kids – they’ll pretty much do or say whatever they want, usually at your expense.

In fact, one of the highlights of the show is that the kids were largely unscripted in the early years. They were able to just spout out whatever popped into their head with hilarious results. It’s worth watching for the kids alone.

 
Best Episode: The Airport (S2 E4)

 

Schitt’s Creek

Available on: Netflix

From its beautiful handling of LGBT+ issues to its humanity and huge heart to Catherine O’Hara being truly iconic, Schitt’s Creek needs to be watched ASAP if you haven’t seen it yet.

It revolves around a wealthy family who lose all their money and end up living in a motel in the town they own but can’t sell. And honestly it is hilarious.

 
Best Episode: Meet the Parents (S5 E11) + The Hike (S5 E13)

 

The Office (US)

Available on: Amazon Prime Video

This show needs no introductions. Okay, but seriously. This US remake of classic British sitcom, The Office, swaps Ricky Gervais’ David Brent for Steve Carell’s Michael Scott and quickly develops its own identity. If you can’t help but compare the two versions, it’s worth skipping a few of the first episodes. Trust me, it’s worth getting into.

If I’m having a bad day, I can always rely on The Office to bring me out of my funk. Every episode is a barrel of laughs. Whether it’s Michael’s naivety and blissful ignorance or Dwight’s somewhat extreme version of reality or the relationships between the co-workers. All the characters are wonderful which feels like this large super dysfunctional family that you can’t help but love.

 
Best Episode: Safety Training (S3 E20) + Stress Relief: Parts 1+2 (S5 E14+15)

 

Parks and Recreation

Available on: Amazon Prime Video + NOW TV

Set inside the Pawnee Parks and Recreation department is one of my absolute all time favourite shows. Delightfully funny, irresistibly quotable (treat yo’self!) and largely centred around its strong females, this show is golden.

And honestly, no matter what you need right now whether it’s motivation, a dash of sarcasm or an escape from reality, this sitcom is exactly what you need. It literally deserves to be top of your watch list.

 
Best Episode: Flu Season (S3 E2) + The Fight (S3 E13)

 

Bob’s Burgers

Available on: Amazon Prime Video

Normally I don’t enjoy animated comedy shows but Bob’s Burgers is easily one of the funniest TV shows out there which makes it a big exception. The focus is on Bob Belcher who owns a burger restaurant, his wife Linda and their three children, Tina, Gene and Louise.

It’s got punny burger names, a range of whimsical characters, catchy tunes and once again shows that family life is anything but predictable.

 
Best Episode: Crawl Space (S1 E2) + The Wolf of Wharf Street (S8 E3)

 

Modern Family

Available on: Amazon Prime Video, NOW TV + Netflix

Last but not least is the wonderful Modern Family. Known for breaking the traditional family sitcom model and sharing the complexities of a multi-generational extended family, Modern Family is currently in its final season over on Sky One. *cries*

If you’ve yet to tune in to the lives of the Pritchett-Delgado, Dunphy and Tucker-Pritchett families then where have you been hiding? Now’s your chance!

 
Best Episode: Airport 2010 (S1 E22), Las Vegas (S5 E18) + Five Minutes (S8 E18)

21 Comments

  • Alexis Farmer July 6, 2020 at 2:22 pm

    Only seen about half of these and with the ones I’ve seen definitely agree! Comedies are my favorite, definitely need to check out Schitt’s Creek!

    • Hayley July 8, 2020 at 11:07 am

      Yes, Schitt’s Creek is a delight! Hope you enjoy it. 🙂

  • Shirsha August 6, 2020 at 9:15 am

    So many of my favourites here. I am kinda over FRIENDS. It’s still funny for sure, but my husband watches it on repeat almost every weekend, and now after nearly 7+ years of that, it no longer feels all that great to me. I end up focusing on its many problems more than the comedy now. But, to give credit where it is due, it remains one of the funniest shows I’ve ever seen, even though I may not enjoy watching it now for reasons other than the actual show.

    Schitt’s Creek is one of my all-time favourites. I love, love, love the Rose family, and I am sad that the show has now ended.

    I am gonna give Outnumbered a try – seems like a fun one.

    Have you seen Sex Education. It’s not LOL funny, but gosh! I’ve been enjoying it so much. 🙂

    • Hayley August 12, 2020 at 1:28 pm

      I completely understand as we have it on repeat all the time too and it does get boring after a while. And like you, I spend more time complaining about its sexism, racism and homophobia. It’s a very problematic show when you think about it like that.

      I’m right there with you – the Rose family felt like actual family. Such a heartwarming show. 🙂

      I haven’t seen Sex Education but I’ll give it a go based on your recommendation. Thanks Shirsha!

  • Mariama August 6, 2020 at 9:16 am

    I love these shows and seen most of them. My husband and I rewatched all friends seasons and recently started the office as well. We didn’t arrive in the episodes you mentioned but I will look out for them. Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • Hayley August 12, 2020 at 1:22 pm

      Thanks Mariama! 🙂

  • Amy / Little Lion Books August 6, 2020 at 9:44 am

    Great post! The IT crowd is one of my absolute favourite sitcoms and I love Outnumbered as well 😊 I will have to check out some of the others you’ve listed here 😊

    • Hayley August 12, 2020 at 1:22 pm

      Thanks Amy, hope you enjoy them! 🙂

  • claire August 6, 2020 at 10:14 am

    These are such great choices! I have just finished friends again, god knows how many times I have watched it through!

    I’ve not seen a few of these either so I will check them out x

    • Hayley August 12, 2020 at 1:19 pm

      Haha we’re exactly the same. I feel like as soon as we finish it, we start watching it again!

  • lifestyleseason August 6, 2020 at 11:27 am

    Great post! I love friends! I have literally watched it so many times! I’ll have to check out the other shows too!

    • Hayley August 12, 2020 at 1:18 pm

      Haha I know exactly what you mean!

  • Jenny in Neverland August 6, 2020 at 11:55 am

    I’m not really a huge fan of sitcoms, I prefer more drama / serious things to watch but they are great to watch when you need to chill and watch something light-hearted. Obviously I’ve seen friends and I LOVE Outnumbered. Karen is the BEST!

    • Hayley August 12, 2020 at 1:17 pm

      Yes, Karen IS the best! You’re so right.

  • Katy Stephenson August 6, 2020 at 1:32 pm

    Friday Night Dinner and Outnumbered are two of my favourites! I love Gavin and Stacey too!

    Katy | http://www.katystephenson.com

    • Hayley August 12, 2020 at 1:17 pm

      Gavin and Stacey is great! 🙂

  • Serena August 6, 2020 at 7:08 pm

    I love Friends, Outnumbered and Friday Night Dinner – they are all so hilarious! A few people have recommended Schitt’s Creek to me so I definitely need to watch it asap!

    • Hayley August 12, 2020 at 1:17 pm

      You really do, it’s soooo good! 🙂

  • Sarah August 7, 2020 at 11:26 am

    Great list! My husband and I just finished the show we were watching, so we’ll definitely try some of your suggestions tonight!

    • Hayley August 12, 2020 at 1:15 pm

      Ah amazing, thanks Sarah! Hope you enjoy them! 🙂

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